LJMU puts pupils and public face to face with London 2012 Olympic Legacy
18 October 2012
Liverpool John Moores University's (LJMU) School of Sport and Exercise Science is working to help keep the Olympic spirit alive and continue the Legacy of the Games with a free, public event at the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester (MOSI) on Saturday 20th October.
Interactive demonstrations will be taking place showcasing the science involved with the most advanced training methods, techniques and equipment used by the world's leading athletes and coaches. This will include those who took part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The University's Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) received a People Award from the Wellcome Trust and a Royal Society Partnership Grant to hold this series of events in North West museums and schools leading up to, during and after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This event will end the series of Face to Face with Sports Science events presented through interactive pods and a range of practical tasks demonstrating the link between the practices of elite athletes and the general public.
Hannah Whelan, who is studying Sports Development with Physical Education and is also a Sports Scholar at LJMU, said: "It is extremely important to keep the legacy of the Olympics going to encourage adults and children to stay in sport no matter what age or activity. The Olympics and the athletes that competed have inspired a lot of people to take part and try new things and events like this keep the Olympics alive and they refresh everyone's passion and love for sport."
LJMU's Zoe Knowles, who is leading the project said: "The purpose of Face to Face with Sports Science is to expose people to key scientific and technological developments in Sports and Exercise Science in a hands-on and accessible manner. We can't all be professional footballers or Olympic athletes but we can all have an interest in health, nutrition and exercise.
"It is important that the Olympics are remembered, but also that we continue to use this as an opportunity to engage young people in science and particularly how this works in relation to sport and just how many education and employment options there are in the field."
People can engage in a range of activities, and see the science involved with the most advanced training methods, techniques and equipment used by the world's leading athletes and coaches, including those taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
At each event visitors are exposed to a series of interactive pods that allows them to appreciate the physical and psychological assessments elite athletes use to help prepare and compete in major competitions.
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